Keep' em Busy!

If you told me that of all the dies that I own I could keep only one , without any hesitation I would choose this one: the Crayon Box!  I USE IT ALL THE TIME!
I will actually have several examples of how I use it but I'll just show a couple here, today.

This idea started with a cereal box.  Am I the only one that has a HARD time throwing that PERFECT cardboard away??  Well, today I decided to use some up by making a set of children's  personalized memory cards.  

the thing that makes these even more special is that this is Kamryn's actual handwriting.  I made a True Type Font out of it sometime last year.

The Steps I used were as follows:

1. made printed out two sheets of large letters: (you could skip this step and let your child write each letter of their name directly onto a blank card. 

 then I cut the cereal box up using a "playing card" die from AccuCut ... because I have one... but it is a 2.5"x3.5" card with round corners... easy enough to recreate without a die.  However, now that I think of it.... an even better solution is to use the Escort Card Pinnovations Die, 
I could have glued the printed page down onto the cereal box and quick and easy punched all eight cards at one time!  They are a bit smaller at 2.5" x 3.375" but we are talking kids here and they won't care.  Normally, it would make me crazy if something wasn't just perfect, but, hey.... quicker/easier trumps perfect in this case!

Anyway, this is what I had at this point:

Ewwwww... kinda plain!  So I went back to the drawing board and printed out a couple more sheets of the pattern I had made for the box, cut/ glued and ta-da:

As I was making this set I was thinking how much fun it would be to make a different personalized  set for each child as a party favor.
Now for idea number 2 of my "Keep'em Busy" ideas

This time I cut a clear box out of acrylic and used it for its intended purpose... crayons... and then some...

I cut 3.5" x 5" pieces from my pattered paper and from plain typing/copy paper then used my sewing machine to stitch the pages (about 10) together, then folded them in half to create the perfect little drawing tablets.  I also included a little pen because kids LOVE pens!

Again, I think these would make great party favors.  And, I would think that mothers would love having either of these ideas in their purse or glove compartment to help keep the kids occupied.

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